95 Clareville Ave
Sans Souci NSW 2219
Ph: (02) 9529 7492
Sans Souci Preschool is a not for profit community-based centre which has been serving families in the community for over 66 years. We operate in a beautiful setting overlooking Aqua Flora Park and our large playground has many mature trees with areas for children to explore nature. We have 3 modern classrooms along with additional spaces and the preschool is well resourced. A variety of stimulating and inviting experiences are provided in a warm, safe environment that inspires joy, encourages curiosity and promotes creativity. Our preschool advocates for high quality care and education for children which we believe is best provided when you have highly qualified and experienced teachers and educators. We are currently rated as Exceeding the National Quality Standards under ACECQA.
It is our belief that a great preschool experience has the ability to be one of the most important influences on a child’s wellbeing which benefits them through their whole school life. You are welcome to visit our preschool to see why we love it so much and how the children learn through our play-based, child-centred educational program.
Hours of Operation
Sans Souci Community Preschool follows the NSW Department of Education school terms, closing for School holidays. We also close on Public Holidays and staff development days which are generally held on the first and last day of the school year. Our licensed hours of operation are now 8.30am to 4.00pm.
The preschool caters for up to 72 children daily with up to 24 in a class. An Early Childhood Teacher leads the educational program in each class team along with 2 experienced and qualified educators. Children usually attend 2 or 3 days per week – 2 days Monday and Tuesday or Thursday and Friday or 3 days Monday to Wednesday or Wednesday to Friday.
We cater for children aged between 3 and 6 with a small number of 2-year old children turning 3 before the end of Term 1. When making offers of enrolment, the preschool follows a priority of access according to our funding agreement followed by children who have been on the waiting list the longest. Enrolments for the following year commence around June but cancellations can occur at any time during the year.
Children bring their own food to preschool which includes morning tea, lunch and a drink bottle containing water. We encourage healthy food so we recommend fresh fruit and vegetables for morning tea and sandwiches with nutritious fillings, salads or vegetables with fruit for lunch. The preschool is allergy aware and due to the serious risk posed to children with allergies, families are asked not to bring food that contains nuts or traces of nuts. We will also cater for children with other food allergies in a class as needed.
Our staff team are highly motivated and passionate about what’s best for children with many working at the preschool for several years. We operate with well above the requirements for staff qualifications and we maintain higher educator to child ratios for most of the day. Our teaching team consists of a number of experienced University-trained Early Childhood Teachers along with educators with Diplomas in Child Studies or Certificate lll in Children’s Services.
Each class has a minimum of 3 educators every day enabling us to deliver a high-quality educational program and develop meaningful relationships with children and families. Along with our administration staff, cleaners and outdoor maintenance staff we aim to provide an efficient, caring and pleasant environment for all the children and families.
Family participation has been a feature of the preschool since its establishment. We aim to work in partnership with families and there are many opportunities, both formal and informal, for parents to be involved. This may include becoming a member of the Board of Management, assisting with fundraising, participating in preschool functions, assisting on an excursion or contributing to the program in various ways. We understand that parents are busy people so we respect a parent's decision to involve their family in the best way that suits them.
We look forward to welcoming you for a visit to our preschool and answering any questions you may have about our program.
The Sans Souci Community Pre-school Association Incorporated was started by a group of parents who initially approached Rockdale Council in 1951. The land was provided by the Council who also constructed the first room. Between 1953 and 1961 further building took place and funds were raised for extensions and brick veneering during the 1970's. There has been ongoing improvements and additional building work since that time which has resulted in the current, modern, well-equipped buildings and grounds that you see today.
We acknowledge the original custodians of this land and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their cultures in the community.
We believe that children deserve the right to feel safe, secure and supported in a warm, accepting and nurturing environment. Children need time and space to explore, imagine, learn and have fun. We believe that encouraging a child’s imagination and curiosity will inspire the simple joys of childhood and a lifelong love of learning.
Through play, children learn about the world around them, develop their knowledge and skills, problem solve and express their ideas and feelings. We believe in listening to their ideas, their theories and capturing their “magical moments”. As passionate educators, we will provide a play based program that is reflective of the children’s interests and supports the principles of the Early Years Learning Framework. We believe that the pre-school environment should reflect natural beauty with aesthetic appeal and continually respond to the interests and abilities of each child.
We believe that each child is unique, competent and resourceful. We respect that all children have their own abilities, interests and cultural backgrounds and are part of our wider community. We believe children should be supported to be comfortable with diversity and respond to it with openness and confidence. We strive to honour all cultures and traditions within our community. We want children to develop a respect and appreciation for themselves, others and the environment. We believe that fostering positive relationships within the pre-school will support this.
As educators we acknowledge the importance of working together as a team where everyone’s skills, strengths and resources are respected. We value and support the importance of continual professional development and reflective practices. We believe in maintaining a balance between experiences that are initiated by children and those which are supported or facilitated by intentional teaching. We therefore engage in conversations that are meaningful and thoughtful. We also believe that as professionals we need to advocate for children and to educate children
We acknowledge the importance of working in partnership with families to provide the best outcomes for children. We believe that pre-school is a time to make positive and strong connections between the child, family, educators and the community. Our pre-school is well established and respected within the community and we strive to maintain a high quality service where everyone is important and learning is valued.
Children can be placed on the waiting list from birth. Families are welcome to visit the preschool anytime but preferably between 8.45am and 3.15pm or otherwise by arrangement. A waiting list application form needs to be completed and a non- refundable fee of $20 paid. Placing your child on the waiting list is not a guarantee of placement however the earlier this is done the better chance you have of gaining a place.
The full daily fee is currently $52 for children eligible to attend school the following year and $59 for 3-year olds. A slight reduction in fees is available to families with more than one child attending the preschool with further reductions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families or those on a low income with a Health Care Card or Pension card.
Our Educational program
Sans Souci Preschool recognises the importance of quality early childhood education and the role of teachers and educators in enriching children’s learning. We believe that children learn best through every day experiences that are meaningful to them, not from structured formal activities. All aspects of our day are seen as learning opportunities with educators engaging children in conversations to expand their knowledge and encourage their thoughts and ideas.
We are very fortunate to have a beautiful environment for learning at our preschool. We maintain beauty and aesthetic appeal throughout the centre which invites children to engage and explore. A range of experiences are provided that stimulate decision making, problem solving, creativity, imagination, communication, socialisation, physical skills and cultural understanding. Music, language, drama, science, gardening, cooking and art are incorporated in these experiences which may occur in small groups initiated by the educators or spontaneously brought about by the children's interests.
Throughout the day children also learn to follow routines and directions, take turns, problem solve, communicate with other children and adults, complete tasks, look after their belongings, manage meal times and toileting without assistance. These are all very valuable skills for success at school and life.
We want to create a loving and inspiring environment where each child can learn and grow through play. We inspire them to want to learn more, to try out their ideas, think their own thoughts and become independent and confident. We also want them to learn about culture and diversity, respect and kindness and caring for the environment but most importantly we want children to enjoy being at preschool and to have fun as they learn!
Inclusion and Equity
At Sans Souci Preschool we create a sense of belonging for all children, families and staff, where diverse identities, backgrounds, experiences, skills and interests are respected and valued.
We actively support the inclusion of all children, including those with additional needs who are supported by an experienced Early Childhood Teacher. We aim for every child to have the best opportunities to grow in all aspects of their development and wellbeing. Staff work in close liaison with parents and any related professional services to ensure each child's needs are met.
95 Clareville Ave, Sans Souci NSW 2219
Phone: (02) 95297492
Fax: (02) 95831577
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